Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Honduras
Volunteering pickings are slimmer when compared with Guatamala but NGOs in the capital working with street kids can always use some help. Otherwise volunteering with conservation projects in the Bay Islands can be combined with learning to dive with some of the cheapest schools in the world.
Grassroots Volunteering in Honduras
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
Conservation Project Utila Iguana
A popular destination for divers, Utila is also home to the Utila Spiny Tailed Iguana. Many volunteers are biology or veterinary students but those handy with their hands are also made welcome. Jobs for volunteers include public relations, environmental education, animal care, gardening, station maintenance and ecological research. A minimum commitment of three weeks is required.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers pay €80 per week for a shared room at the station, plus their own living expenses and meals.
Cofradia Bilingual School
Cofradia Bilingual School serves the town of Cofradia by providing high quality, affordable bilingual education, and a level of community involvement that is all but absent from local public schools. Thanks to a devoted team of internationally recruited volunteers and locally recruited Honduran teachers, students at the Cofradia Bilingual School receive more indepth, expert instruction in all subject areas than would otherwise be available. The school is founded on the principle that education empowers students to lead lives of their own creation.
They seek volunteers to teach Preparatoria (ages 5-6) through 9th Grade (ages 14-15) for the upcoming school year starting in August. The CBS school year goes from late August to June. English teachers may also teach maths, science, and physical education (all taught in English). Volunteers need to make a ten month long commitment, though there is also a programme for shorter term volunteers, staying for a minimum two weeks..
Hostel Work Exchanges
Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:
Roatan Backpackers’ Hostel
Help out for two hours a day and there’s a dorm bed on a Caribbean Island in it for you. Mostly the role involves a little cleaning and helping the Canadian owner’s sons with their English homework. You have the rest of the day to enjoy the island: head out snorkeling, do a dive, lounge by the pool, go ziplining, or any of the other great activities around Roatan. Minimum commitment is one month. One volunteer at a time. Other locally based volunteer projects are also listed on their website.
More Hostel Work Exchanges
The details of this San Pedro Sula hostel’s work exchange programme weren’t available when we last checked – most likely because they now list themselves on the work exchange platforms, such as Worldpackers – but it’s still a selection option on their Work With Us form. Previously we wrote: If you can see yourself talking, helping or drinking with the guests, and still be up early enough for breakfast, then volunteering with La Hamaca is for you. Cleaning and cooking is taken care of so volunteers are wanted for their customer service and communication abilities. Participation in their work exchange earns somewhere to sleep, breakfast and lunch, the opportunity to earn commissions and $300 per month. Do read up on the city though – it won’t be for everyone.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Honduras
Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) wants volunteer teachers able to stay a year for their volunteer programme. BECA is a non profit organisation with three locally managed partner schools in Honduras, serving 650 children and their families every day. The schools operate at low to no financial cost to the families whose children attend. Your living expenses are covered and financial assistance may also be available. Volunteers come from different backgrounds. Some are educators, but others are recent college grads, marketing professionals, lawyers, or retired. Programme administrator is another role on offer.
In the summer, BECA seeks camp counsellors for their annual summer camp which provides students three weeks of fun games, activities, and English lessons. Counsellors are expected to contribute or fundraise $1,000 to help defray costs. A reduced contribution may be available for college students with a demonstrated need.
Help Exchange Networks in Honduras
Volunteer Latin America – https://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/volunteer-abroad/honduras
Workaway – https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-HN.html
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Honduras
Stay free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter.
Image courtesy Ozzy Delaney
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